Starting April 11, the Friends of the Blue Hills will offer free, one-hour guided hikes every other Tuesday morning throughout the year. These “Peek-a-Blue” hikes will start at 11 a.m. at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. The kick-off hike will feature storytelling, songs, and a special scavenger hunt with prizes for all children at the end. For more info and the dates of the 2017 Peek-a-Blue Hikes, visit friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue.
Summer Safety Classes & Bookmark Contest
The Canton public health nurse is offering a summer safety class for kids ages 6-12 at the library April 25 and 28 at 4 p.m. Topics include proper bike, insect, and sun safety. Children ages 6-12 are asked to make a bookmark that reflects what summer safety means to them and their families. Bookmarks should be 3” wide by 8” tall and on heavy poster paper. Put your name, age and phone number on the back of the bookmark and drop them off in the Children’s Room at the library or at the Board of Health office at 79 Pleasant Street before May 12 for a chance to win a new bike! (Swimming lessons awarded for 2nd place and a new helmet for 3rd place). Winners will be announced at the Summer Safety Fair on May 19 at 79 Pleasant Street between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist School Alumni Network
St. John the Evangelist School is excited to announce a first annual reunion on Saturday, May 20, at the school’s Parish Center. All alumni are welcome! The new SJS Alumni Network is reaching out to find and celebrate our beloved alumni. Reconnect with us by emailing email@example.com and providing us with your updated contact info. We’re looking for class ambassadors! Be the voice for your class, help us find your classmates, nominate classmates for recognition, and keep friends and family updated with alumni news! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 20 — spread the word!
Canton Library Art Exhibit
The artwork of Sharon resident Fen Zhou will be on display in the gallery at the Canton Public Library for the month of April. Formerly a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Zhou started painting in retirement after surviving a brain tumor. She works primarily in watercolor and acrylic and paints many subjects, including the four seasons, landscapes, and still life. The public is invited to view Zhou’s work at the gallery during regular library hours.
MABA presents Birdscapes
The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, located at 963 Washington Street in Canton, presents its newest exhibit: Birdscapes: Recent Oil Paintings by James Coe. The exhibit features nearly three dozen oil paintings that represent Coe’s love of nature and a dozen small oil-on-paper studies that have never been exhibited before. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission to the gallery and trails is $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, and free to Mass Audubon members. For more info, call 781-821-8853 or visit massaudubon.org/maba.
The Canton Chapter of Moms Offering Moms Support welcomes new members. For membership information please email the club at email@example.com.
Curry Theatre presents Big Love
Curry Theatre is proud to present Charles Mee’s Big Love April 22-25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Curry College Oscar B. and Frances A. Keith Auditorium, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue in Milton. A modern twist on one of the oldest surviving Greek plays, “The Suppliant Women,” the play follows 50 sisters who fled from Greece to avoid a contract to marry their 50 cousins. This darkly comedic take on a classical tragedy explores themes of gender, love, and obligation. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved at 617-333-2259 (select option 2). For more info, about the Curry Theatre program, visit curry.edu/theatre.
Cornerstone presents The Kadima Band
Cornerstone at Canton, an assisted living and memory care community located at 175 Revere Street, invites the public to a live performance by The Kadima Band! The band will offer traditional Hebrew songs in celebration of Passover. The show starts at 10:15 a.m. For the latest news and info, visit www.facebook.com/cornerstonecanton.
Divine Mercy Sunday
Saint John the Evangelist Church invites the community to Divine Mercy Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. at the parish, 700 Washington Street. Eucharistic Adoration, Confessions, Reflections on Mercy, Hour of Mercy with Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m., Veneration of the Relic of St. Faustina, and Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 4 p.m.
Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Cornerstone at Canton, an assisted living and memory care community located at 175 Revere Street, will hold its monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group starting at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will feature a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Every Minute Counts. For more information and to RSVP, please call 781-821-3616.
Catholic Women’s Club Annual Boutique
The Canton Catholic Women’s Club will hold its Annual Raffle and Boutique in St. John’s lower church at 11 a.m. This will be followed by a potluck luncheon at noon. Raffle baskets, craft items, clothing table, jewelry table, books, and white elephant table items will be available for sale. All are invited! Hope you will join us! Proceeds will go to the club’s Annual Scholarship Fund. Admission is free.
Canton Library Book Club
Friends with Books will discuss Rabbit, Run by John Updike at 10:30 a.m. at the Canton Public Library. New members are welcome.
Canton AAUW Meeting
The Canton branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. The guest speaker will be Chef Maria Lawton, author of Azorean Cooking: From My Family Table to Yours. Lawson was born in Sao Miguel and at age 6 she moved to the U.S. and settled in New Bedford. Because her mother’s delicious recipes were never written down, she recreated most of then with the help of her sisters, aunts and cousins. Her PowerPoint presentation will include many illustrations of these dishes while she shares with us stories of her culture and traditional Portuguese cooking. She is truly proud of her heritage because she boasts, “I am an Azorean Green Bean!” All are welcome!
Ballroom Dance Fundraiser
The Congregational Church of Canton, located at 1541 Washington Street, will host a ballroom dance fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to benefit a 2-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She has had chemo, radiation, and two bone marrow transplants. This disease not only can break a life, but also places a large financial burden on a family. Please support this devastated family. Purchase tickets for $25 each and/or make a donation to Eastern Bank — Dancing for Hazel.
Library Author Series
Author Ellen B. Alden will visit the Canton Public Library to discuss her book Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke: An Irish Immigrant Story. The book will be available for purchase and autographing following the event. The program starts at 2 p.m. in the Community Room and is free and open to the public.
Potters Place Spring Show & Sale
Potters Place, a nonprofit pottery cooperative located at 127B Old West Street in Walpole, will hold its annual Spring Show & Sale Friday to Sunday, May 5-7. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces — some created by Canton artists — will be available for purchase. Show and sale hours are Fri. 5:30 to 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, visit www.pottersplace.info.
Congregational Church Dinner & Talent Show
The Congregational Church of Canton, located at 1541 Washington Street, will host a Ham and Bean Dinner with Talent Show starting at 5:30 p.m. Menu includes ham, beans, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $6 for ages 6-7, and free for kids under 6. To sign up for your talent, call 781-575-0866. Tickets may be purchased by calling the church office at 781-828-2131 or 781-575-0866.
Canton Choral Society Spring Concert
Enjoy the musical sounds of spring! The Canton Choral Society will perform its spring concert at Cornerstone at Canton, 175 Revere Street, starting at 2 p.m. Featured selections from Gilbert & Sullivan and many other favorites will be performed. Come enjoy an afternoon of great musical entertainment, refreshments and fun!
Introduction to Jewish Geneaology
Carol Clingan, vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, will present an Introduction to Jewish Genealogy in the Community Room of the library starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. Researching Jewish ancestry can be a complex endeavor. You may be able to find something quickly or you can search for years to find one piece of information requiring persistence, networking, and research knowledge. This program is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Outreach Librarian Carolyn Elkort at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canton Garden Club Plant Sale
The Canton Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Perennials, geraniums, shrubs, herbs, indoor plants, vegetables and some annuals will be available for purchase. Master gardeners will be on site to answer questions. For more info about the garden club, please contact Harriet Burak at email@example.com.
FPUU Huge Yard Sale
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, located at 1508 Washington Street in Canton, will hold its annual spring yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. If you would like to rent a table for $25, please contact the First Parish office at 781-828-0296 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit fpuucanton.org.
Canton Garden Club Annual Meeting & Brunch
The Canton Garden Club will hold its Annual Meeting and Brunch at 10:30 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood. The chairperson is Marge Levy. To attend this much anticipated program, members must have their annual dues for the next year paid in full prior to the event.
Summer Fun & Safety Fair
The Board of Health, in conjunction with a number of other town departments, will host the Summer Fun and Safety Fair from 4-7 p.m. at Pequitside Farm. This free event will feature exhibitions on fire and auto safety, tick removal, bike safety, water safety, and other health and safety issues. There are scheduled to be amusements of all sorts, hay rides, crafts and more. Children may also receive free bike helmets. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available courtesy of the Canton Recreation Department for purchase. For more info, call the Board of Health at 781-821-5021. Come one and all, rain or shine.